101831 | SWITZERLAND. Zürich. Kirche Enge/Three Magi aluminum Medal.

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    101831  |  SWITZERLAND. Zürich. Kirche Enge/Three Magi aluminum Medal. Issued 1894. Commemorating the inauguration of the church in south-central Zürich (50mm, 15.50 g, 12h). By Lauer.

     

    Frontal view of Kirche Enge / ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DIE KIRCHWEIH ENGE, the Three Kings standing facing below radiant Star of Bethlehem. Edge: Plain.

     

    Wurzbach –; SM –. Choice Mint State. Highly argent and prooflike, with reflective fields and frosty devices.

     

    Presenting the iconography of the Three Kings on the reverse, this medal has a festive holiday feel even though it celebrates the opening of the new church in Zürich, which took place in the summer of 1894. Nevertheless, the Three Kings (or Magi), guided by the Star of Bethlehem (or Christmas Star), are associated heavily with the Christ tradition, bearing the gifts of gold (representing earthly kingship), frankincense (representing the divine), and myrrh (representing the end of life). Three Kings' Day, also known as Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated on 6 January, which corresponds to the twelth day of the mass of Chris, and the day on which the Three Kings are to have arrived to bear their gifts to the Christ child.

     

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